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Israeli strikes kill six as Gaza seethes

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three militants from the Islamist group Hamas and three Palestinian civilians on Friday, in a second day of a fresh upsurge in the conflict. At least 29 Palestinians have been killed since the latest spasm of violence erupted on…

Supreme Court rules against challenge to religious school aid

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday against a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona. In the 5 to 4 decision [PDF], the court ruled that taxpayers cannot challenge government scholarship programs that direct money to religious activities. The Supreme Court said the taxpayers who…

Massachusetts finds expired food in school cafeterias

BOSTON (Reuters) – Out-of-date food has been found lingering in public school cafeterias across Massachusetts, sent from warehouses up to six weeks past “use by” dates, the state department of education said on Friday. Roughly a dozen schools reported expired food shipments or sought guidance on an inconsistent system for…

Minnesota Republican: ‘I watched Minneapolis get destroyed’ by integration

As Minnesota’s state senate debates a public school funding bill that would remove funding from integration programs in the major cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth and shift it to a statewide literacy drive, one freshman Republican has been particularly blunt in his opinions. “I watched Minneapolis get destroyed,” Sen.…

No more ‘pants on the ground’ for AR schoolkids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) – Arkansas students who love their sagging pants should soon leave them at home. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed a bill on Wednesday that bans students from wearing clothing that exposes “underwear, buttocks or the breast of a female.” Arkansas educators have long complained about the…

AZ lawmaker in hot water for reading ‘racist’ letter to state Senate

Two Arizona lawmakers set off charges of racism after one instructed the other to read a controversial letter on the state Senate floor last week during a debate over five immigration bills. The letter from Tony Hill, who worked nine days as a substitute teacher in Glendale, said that Hispanic…

US tells states to protect rights of people with AIDS

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Monday ordered US states and territories to ensure occupational trade schools and licensing agencies don’t discriminate against applicants who have HIV or AIDS. The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent letters to the states after learning that applicants were being denied admission to public…

US tells states to protect rights of people with AIDS

WASHINGTON – The US government on Monday ordered US states and territories to ensure occupational trade schools and licensing agencies don’t discriminate against applicants who have HIV or AIDS. The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent letters to the states after learning that applicants were being denied admission to public and…

Idaho teachers protest newly passed union curbs

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Hundreds of union supporters linked hands to form a chain around Idaho’s Capitol in Boise on Wednesday to protest a bill passed by the state legislature to strip public school teachers of most collective bargaining rights. The 12,000-member Idaho teachers union organized the rally in Boise…

Obama joins forces with Jeb Bush on education

MIAMI (AFP) – In a case of strange political bedfellows, US President Barack Obama and Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, shared a stage in Florida to push for education reform on Friday. Bush, the former governor of the Sunshine State, teamed up with Obama at a school…

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